NCR-SARE Announces New "NCR-SARE Heroes," Ron Macher and Dale Mutch
NCR-SARE has announced Ron Macher and Dale Mutch as 2014 recipients of the NCR-SARE Hero recognition. Coordinated by the NCR-SARE Alumni Organization, the term "NCR-SARE Hero" recognizes the leadership, vision, contributions, and impact that certain people have made in the field of sustainable agriculture in the region.
Ron Macher is known to many within the sustainable agriculture community as the publisher and editor ofSmall Farm Today magazine (www.smallfarmtoday.com). For thirty years his publication has been dedicated to the preservation and promotion of small farming, rural living, sustainability, community, and agripreneurship. He is the author of Making Your Small Farm Profitable and is the founder of the National Small Farm Trade Show and Conference which has been held for twenty-two years in Columbia, Missouri. The conference serves as an educational venue showcasing advancements in small farming practices. Ron served on the NCR-SARE Administrative Council from 1997-2000. The NCR-SARE Farmers Forum was founded by and first established by Ron at the Small Farm Trade Show and Conference in 2005. From 2005-2012, over 175 Farmer Rancher and Youth/Youth Educator grant recipients have presented their SARE projects and findings to their peers and colleagues at the trade show. He also published their SARE grant project results in Small Farm Today magazine, helping to get the word out about the SARE program and SARE project results. Read more about Ron Macher as an NCR-SARE Hero here.
Dr. Dale Robert Mutch is a retired Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) Senior Extension Educator and Adjunct Professor in the Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences Department—applying practical, research-based information to meet the needs of Michigan residents. He spent more than three decades as an IPM vegetable scout, agricultural agent, district and state field crop integrated pest management coordinator, senior district Extension educator specialist, and coordinator, consultant, and professor for the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences. As a founding member of the Midwest Cover Crops Council, Dale championed the promotion and demonstration of cover crops to improve soil health and create more sustainable agricultural practices throughout the region and nationally. Dale has been an avid and enthusiastic leader in the NCR-SARE organization since 1997 when he received his first Research and Education grant. He served on the Administrative Council from 2000- 2004, as the Michigan SARE state coordinator from 2007– 2013,. During his tenure as the Michigan State Coordinator, Michigan was awarded 75 SARE grants, and he distributed over 130 travel/mini grants to advance educator training in sustainable farming practices. He provided leadership for a number of important regional SARE initiatives. Read more about Dale Mutch as an NCR-SARE Hero here.
NCR-SARE is one of four regional offices that run the SARE program, a nationwide grants and education program to advance sustainable innovation to American agriculture. Since 1988, NCR-SARE has helped advance farming systems that are profitable, environmentally sound and good for communities through a nationwide research and education grants program. The program, part of USDA's National Institute for Food and Agriculture, funds projects and conducts outreach designed to improve agricultural systems.
The NCR-SARE Hero Recognition acknowledges individuals who 1) have provided service to NCR-SARE, sustainability, and/or national SARE, 2) have shown leadership in sustainable agriculture locally and regionally, and 3) have made lasting impacts to sustainability in the North Central region.